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The European Disposables and Nonwovens Association (EDANA) has announced the programme for the 4th Outlook Personal Care Products Conference to be held from 28-30 September 2005 in Barcelona (Sitge

Borealis has upgraded its range of Borflow low viscosity polypropylene (PP) homopolymers for meltblown nonwoven applications, such as diapers and medical gowns.

Keratec of New Zealand has entered into an agreement with US-based Keraplast Technologies for the commercialization of keratin-based biomedical technologies for orthopaedic and wound care products.

Ontex, Europe's largest private-label disposable hygiene products manufacturer, is reported to be expanding or building factories in four countries in the greater Europe region.

Nordic Capital and other major shareholders have agreed to sell Molnlycke Health Care to funds advised by Apax Partners.

Alltracel Pharmaceuticals of Dublin, Ireland, has signed a technology and product development agreement with nanofibre technology specialists Elmarco of Liberec, Czech Republic.

The European Disposable and Nonwovens Association (EDANA) is planning a conference on medical nonwovens and infection prevention in spring 2006.

Invista Performance Fibers is to increase its capacity for hightenacity, low decitex per filament (dpf) yarns at its plant in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Having made significant inroads with respect to the use of nanotechnology in traditional textile markets,senior executives at Nano-Tex explain to JohnW.

FiberVisions, a business unit of Hercules Inc, has announced a 10% price increase globally on all polypropylene and polyethylene fibres.The increase was effective from 15 March for all new customer

Teijin Twaron BV is to expand production of the high-performance para-aramid fibre (Twaron(r)) at its plants in Emmen and Delfzijl, The Netherlands.

With effect from 1 March, BASF has increased its prices for polyamide 6 extrusion and spinning grades and caprolactam by Euro100-150 a tonne.

Geoff Fisher reviews some of the key developments and announcements from Index 05.

With its decision of 5 April 2005, the Austrian Cartel Court has finally approved the acquisition of the Tencel Group by Lenzing AG.

Carpet maker Vorwerk has joined forces with another German firm,computer chip manufacturer Infineon,to develop a textile material that can think for itself,survive being wetted and can be cut to sh

DSM will invest more than US$50 million to build a new fibre line in Greenville, North Carolina, USA, and boost production in Heerlen,The Netherlands, for its ultra-high molecular weight polyethyle

Saint Gobain's Reinforcements Branch has signed an agreement to acquire the Austrian company Hornstein Glastextil AG.

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An electrically heated blanket that also contains a phase-change material (PCM) is the subject of US Patent 6 723 967.

A Japanese company has developed a nonwoven based on fluoro-resin fibres that it claims displays excellent mechanical characteristics.